He arrived in France in November of 1914 and was among the first of the Canadians to land in France. Upon arrival he commenced his work as Medical Dispenser at the #2 Stationary Hospital at Le Touquet.
As of January 1916, Charley has served for 17 months. He has just turned 23.
I know I do not have every letter he wrote home (he mentions writing at least twice a week).
I have a total of 88 letters spanning the years 1914 to 1919. These were lovingly saved by his sister (and my grandma) Vida Valerie.
When Charley wrote to his mother, she would then forward the letters on to VV at college.
It's a wonder that any still exist.
The 1916 calendar below tells us what day it was 100 years ago, and on what days Charley wrote these letters home. I've marked them on the calendar.
And so the story goes ...
I'm guessing on the date of this first January letter as there's no envelope attached and no date stamp. And so, I'll split the difference and post it this afternoon.